• Assistant Secretary Policy, Program, Regulation and Corporate opportunities
• To fill current and potential vacancies as they arise
• Positions offered on a full-time or part-time basis – open to the possibility of job sharing
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) is responsible for protecting Australia’s natural resources, agriculture and way of life. We deliver policies and programs that drive strong and sustainable agricultural industries, manage our unique environment and heritage, and support our regional communities.
The department has a diverse role as a policy adviser to government, researcher, program administrator, service provider, market access negotiator and regulator. We work with a diverse group of people, stakeholders and across portfolios. We aim to foster a coordinated approach to portfolio priorities and support the department’s work. We provide strategic and operational support on a range of services across the department.
Our purpose is “Partnering and regulating to enhance Australia’s agriculture, unique environment and heritage, and water resources”.
The department is seeking to fill current and anticipated Assistant Secretary vacancies across its policy, program, regulation and corporate functions. As an Assistant Secretary you will be a member of the senior leadership team, contributing to the broader strategic leadership of the organisation. You will lead a Branch providing high quality policy, program, regulation and corporate advice and delivery. You will work in close collaboration with other Divisions in the department, other APS agencies and external stakeholders to deliver on government policy, departmental outcomes and broader cross-agency objectives.
The roles require a demonstrated ability to build organisational capability, innovate, anticipate future needs and respond. You will need to be a strategic thinker and possess a clear-sighted understanding of Australia’s interests and challenges in the domestic and global contexts. High functioning conceptual, analytical, negotiation and representational skills will be important attributes of the successful applicants.
Your duties will include:
• building a capable and strong workforce that delivers on organisational priorities
• collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to shape services and solutions in line with the evolving needs of the organisation and drive excellent customer service to deliver outcomes
• fostering a high-performance culture, whilst focusing on continuous improvement of employee performance and maintaining continuous communication
• promoting integrity practices by displaying high level of ethical behaviour in accordance with the APS Code of Conduct, APS Values and APS Employment Principles
• identifying and developing strategies to address future organisational workforce needs.
• implementing policy, programs, systems and consistent services to address organisational and whole-of-government people priorities
• representing the organisation at high-level discussions and negotiations with key stakeholders and external organisations
• providing high quality advice and support to senior executive within the organisation
• promoting collaboration within the organisation, with central agencies and across government.
Please note that this recruitment process will be used to fill both ongoing and non-ongoing positions across the department. If an offer of non-ongoing employment is made, the successful applicant could be employed for a period of five years in total. The merit pool established through this selection process, which is valid for a period of twelve months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Gazette, may also be used to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies where the duties are of a similar nature.
What we are looking for
To be successful in the roles you will need to meet the Senior Executive Service capability for the SES band 1 level, and you will have the following:
• Ability to be an outstanding leader and the capacity to contribute at a strategic level to the overall direction of the organisation.
• The ability to build and motivate a high performing organisation to best practice standards.
• A strong results orientation, resilience and a positive approach to issues resolution.
• Experience in engaging with internal and external stakeholders and the ability to work collaboratively in partnership with business representatives to provide an exceptional client experience and deliver professional and efficient outcomes.
Relevant qualifications or extensive experience in the preferred field of work are desirable.
These positions require either a Baseline Vetting, Negative Vetting Level 1 or Negative Vetting Level 2 security clearance. The successful applicants will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at the appropriate level for their position.
For additional information, please read the Job Description below.
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